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Relay For Life is a celebration of survival

Thirteen-year-old Sarah May and Taylah Morgan don't remember much about the time they spent together in the Banksia children's cancer ward at the Royal Children's Hospital when they were two.

Article by: Sophie Meixner at Sunshine Coast Daily

But their mums do.

"It was gut-wrenching, absolutely gut-wrenching," Sarah's mum Christine said.

"I was looking forward to her doing normal two-year- old things, being able to play outside, being able to go swimming, yet she was restricted," she said.

"When other kids were going to playgroup, she was sitting in a cold hospital ward. I was grieving for that missed time of her childhood."

Both girls were treated for the same type of cancer, embryonal rhabdomyo- sarcoma, in the same hospital ward in 2004.

Thankfully both girls recovered and are now happy, healthy and navigating their first years of being teenagers.

In 2008, the girls walked their first Cancer Council Relay for Life together as the proud Banksia Babes, the kids who spent time in the Banksia Ward at the hospital.

Yesterday the Banksia Babes united for a second time, walking the Relay for Life in Kawana with 500 other participants.

"We're celebrating the survivors, we're honouring those who haven't made it, and we're looking toward the future," Christine said.

"If it wasn't for the Cancer Council and researchers looking into how cancer drugs work, we wouldn't have our children here today. It's a moment to be really grateful."

Sarah from Aroona and Taylah from Beerwah designed a Banksia Babes banner for the relay at Kawana Waters State College, which started yesterday afternoon and continued as non-stop laps of the oval for 18 hours, with each person walking for two to three hours each.

The Banksia Babes raised more than $6000, with relay organisers hoping to top $80,000 in total.

Relay co-ordinator Tom Turner said the continuous relay idea was a symbol that cancer never slept.

"Cancer never sleeps, cancer never stops," he said.